Tehran, February 7, 2017- The Middle Path of Moderation in Islam: The Qur’anic Principle of Wasatiyyah was named as the Best Book of the Year for 2016 at the 24th Iran International Book Festival. The distinguished author, Prof. Mohammad Hashim Kamali, Founding CEO of the International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS) Malaysia, received the prestigious award from President Hassan Rouhani, at a special ceremony at Tehran’s Vahdat Hall.
The festival celebrated unity and cultural diversities in the world community. In his speech, President Rouhani emphasised that literature should not create conflicts among ethnic groups and religions and neither should encourage extremism and violence, but the works of literature should be the medium to promote peace and harmony. The eight award winners at the festival were authors from Malaysia, Iran, Turkey, Germany, Spain, Finland, Romania and England. Prof. Kamali represented Malaysia in the Islamic studies category. A total of 2,500 books were evaluated for the contest.
In his book published by Oxford University Press in 2015, Prof. Kamali illuminates the concept of moderation (wasatiyyah) and provides the manifestations of wasatiyyah in the Islamic tradition and the importance of its application in contemporary pressing issues, including social justice, women's rights, environmental balance, economic fairness and globalisation. Prof. Kamali was also invited to deliver lectures at Tehran University, and Al-Mustafa International University of Iran.
In The Middle Path of Moderation in Islam, leading Islamic law expert Mohammad Hashim Kamali examines the concept of wasatiyyah, or moderation, arguing that scholars, religious communities, and policy circles alike must have access to this governing principle that drives the silent majority of Muslims, rather than focusing on the extremist fringe. Kamali explores wasatiyyah in both historical/conceptual terms and in contemporary/practical terms. Tracing the definition and scope of the concept from the foundational sources of Islam, the Qu'ran and Hadith, he demonstrates that wasatiyyah has a long and well-developed history in Islamic law and applies the concept to contemporary issues of global policy, such as justice, women's rights, environmental and financial balance, and globalization. Framing his work as an open dialogue against a now-decades long formulation of the arguably destructive Huntingtonian "clash of civilizations" thesis as well as the public rhetoric of fear of Muslim extremism since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Kamali connects historical conceptions of wasatiyyah to the themes of state and international law, governance, and cultural maladies in the Muslim world and beyond. Both a descriptive and prescriptive meditation on a key but often neglected principle of Islam, The Middle Path of Moderation in Islam provides insight into an idea that is in the strategic interest of the West both to show and practice for themselves and to recognize in Muslim countries.
Table of Contents
Part One: Conceptual Analysis
II. Definition and Scope of Wasatiyyah
III. Review of the Source Evidence
IV. A Round-up of Modern Opinion
V. Hallmarks of Extremism
VI. Manifestations of Wasatiyyah
VII. Identification of Wasatiyyah
VIII. Institutional Developments
Part Two: Thematic Perspectives
IX. Moderation and Justice
X. Moderation in Religiosity
XI. The Moderating Role of Ikhtilaf (Reasoned Disagreement)
XII. Between Spirituality and Legalism: The Moderating Influence of Sufism
XIII. Harm (Darar) Must Be Eliminated
XIV. Forbearance, Bringing Ease and Removing Hardship
XV. Environmental Imbalance
XVI. Financial Imbalance, Extravagance and Waste
XVII. Moderation in Jihad
XVIII. Character and Lifestyle
XIX. Wasatiyyah and Women's Rights
XX. Wasatiyyah and Globalisation
XXI. Islam between Antiquity and the Modern World
XXII. Continuity and Change: An Analysis of Tajdid and Islah (Renewal and Reform) in Islam
XXIII. Conclusion and Recommendations
Index of Qur'anic Verses and Hadith
Author: Mohammad Hashim kamali
Foreword: Tariq Ramadan
Pages: 336 pages (235x156mm)
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Wasatiyyah (atau keserdahanaan dan keseimbangan) merupakan sebahagian daripada ajaran Islam yang menyentuh pelbagai bidang dalam peradaban atau tamadun Islam. Keserdahanaan di sini ditakrifkan sebagai fadhilat amal yang melibatkan, bukan sahaja perlaku diri tetapi juga keperibadian dan sahsiah masyarakat dan negara. Keserdahanaan juga merupakan sebahagian daripada pandangan umat islam yang turut dihargai dalam agama-agama dan tamadun-tamadun yang lain. Keserdahanaan penting dalam mencapai kesejahteraan dan keseimbangan dalam masyarakat serta hubungan sesama insan. Meskipun jelas bernilai, wasatiyyah sering diabaikan bukan sahaja dalam perilaku diri, tetapi juga dalam hubungan masyarakat, sikap terhadap alam sekitar, ibadat agama serta hal ehwal antarabangsa.
Translated by Syed Hamid Albar from Moderation and Balance in Islam: The Quranic Principle of Wasatiyyah (Author: Mohammad Hashim Kamali
Is there such a thing as ‘moderate Islam’, and if so, what form does it take? The events of September 11, 2001, and the subsequent Global War on Terror have led scholars to debate this issue intensively. This article proposes that the principle of ‘Wasaṭiyyah’ or moderation and balance may provide the key to a better understanding of Islam and inter-civilisational relations. Reference is made not only to canonical Islamic scriptures but also to the work of Islamic scholars and commentators throughout the ages.......... Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)
“The Middle Grounds of Islamic Civilisation: The Quranic Principle of Wasatiyyah”, IAIS Malaysia Journal of Civilisation Studies, Vol. 1, No: 1 (2008), 7-43.
ed. by Aftab Ahmad Malik, The Empire and the Crescent, Bristol, UK: Amal Press, (2003), pp 175-207.
Wasatiyyah (or the principle of moderation and balance) is an important but somewhat neglected aspect of Islamic teachings that has wide-ranging ramifications in almost all areas concerning Islamic civilisation. 'Moderation' as defined here is a moral virtue relevant not only to personal conduct but also to integrity and self-image of communities and nations. It is an aspect of the self-identity and worldview of the Muslim community, or ummah, that is also valued in all major world religions and civilisations.
By Mohammad Hashim Kamali
The Quranic Principle of Wasatiyyah, Kuala Lumpur: IAIS Malaysia, 2010, pp iv + 66.
The centrality of peace in Islam is manifested by its nomenclature: Islām signifies peace, and then also in the daily greeting of Muslims: “as-salām alaykum / peace be upon you.” As-Salām is also one of God’s Most Excellent Names (al-asmā’ al-ḥusnā); while God praises those who act with humility and peace: “the servants of The All-Merciful are those who walk the earth with humility, and when the ignorant address them, they reply: peace!” (al-Furqān 25:63). On the other hand, instigators of violence and war are condemned: “Whenever they kindle the fire of war, God extinguishes it. They strive to create disorder on earth and God loves not those who create disorder” (al-Mā’idah 5:64)........ Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)